• April 3, 2020

    ESSA Waiver Approval and 2020 State Accountability Ratings

    The agency received approval from U.S. Department of Education on March 30, 2020, to waive statewide assessment and accountability requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by ESSA, for the 2019–20 school year.

    Additionally, for 2020 state academic accountability, all districts and campuses will receive a label of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster.

    For additional details, view the To the Administrator Addressed letter.

  • March 27, 2020

    The Texas Education Agency (TEA) continues to work with the Office of the Governor, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to coordinate and plan the state’s response to COVID-19. Through statutory authority, Governor Greg Abbott has suspended the administration of STAAR testing scheduled for April, May, and June 2020.  Executive Order no. GA-08 has ordered public schools to remain closed to students through April 3, 2020, unless that period is extended by the governor.

    Statewide school closure and waiving STAAR testing requirements is unprecedented in recent history, and Performance Reporting has received several questions specific to disruptions caused by COVID-19. In order to address questions raised during this rapidly changing situation, the agency has created the Coronavirus (COVID-19) support and guidance website as the primary source of up-to-date information and answers to frequently asked questions about disruptions caused by COVID-19.

    The agency has also created a dedicated email address for all COVID-19 questions—disasterinfo@tea.texas.gov. Using this email, rather than emailing individual departments is be the best way to ensure the agency tracks questions and responds in a timely manner.

    Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Waiver Request

    TEA has asked the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to waive the assessment and accountability requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), for the 2019–2020 school year. Texas is requesting that for the 2019–2020 school year, federal assessment, accountability, and federal identification of schools for improvement requirements be waived in recognition of the unprecedented impact of COVID-19.

    The approval of this waiver would not break the chain of consecutive years of low performance under section ESSA, 1111(b)(4)(D). To view the complete amendment request, visit https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/laws-andrules/essa/every-student-succeeds-act.

    All comments on this proposed amendment are due by Tuesday, March 31, 2020, by electronic mail addressed to performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

    Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) Registration

    Due to the impact of COVID-19 on districts across the state, the 2020 AEA campus registration process for the state academic accountability system has been rescheduled for April 27 to May 8, 2020. Campuses rated by 2019 AEA provisions are reregistered automatically in 2020, provided that the campus continues to meet enrollment and at-risk criteria as determined by TSDS PEIMS October snapshot data. New this year, campuses that were not registered in 2019 but meet eligibility in 2020 will be automatically registered for AEA by the agency. Districts may choose to remove a campus from evaluation under AEA procedures by submitting an AEA rescission form through the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application. Additional instructions for the rescission request will be provided before the AEA window opens.

  • March 6, 2020

    Accountability Development

    Earlier today the 2020 Texas Education Agency Academic Accountability System Framework was posted online at http://tea.texas.gov/2020AccountabilityDevelopment. This document outlines substantive changes to the 2020 accountability system, which were informed by feedback from the public and recommendations from the Accountability Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and Accountability Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC).

    Key chapters of the 2020 Accountability Manual are expected to be published in the Texas Register for public comment in early May. The entire manual will be available online in late summer.

    For questions about the 2020 accountability system, please contact Performance Reporting at performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

    Data Quality Reminder

    Data quality is the cornerstone of a fair and uniform rating determination. In the coming weeks, district and charter schools will receive pre-coded answer documents based on information provided through Texas Student Data System Public Education Information Management System (TSDS PEIMS) or district-provided files. Student identification information and data on answer documents or online testing records must be verified and, if necessary, corrected prior to submitting for scoring. Inaccurate student information may prevent the current test administration data from merging with a student’s permanent record.

    District and campus testing coordinators should refer to the STAAR Assessment Management System User’s Guide for specific instructions on viewing and editing student information before an administration.

  • February 28, 2020

    Waiver Request for Accelerated Students

    The public comment period regarding proposed testing requirements for accelerated students begins today and ends Monday, March 30, 2020, at 5:00 PM (CT). This waiver requests that all middle school students enrolled in a high school level course be exempt from taking the grade level STAAR assessment in addition to the corresponding STAAR EOC assessment; thereby eliminating the double testing burden for accelerated students. The approval of this waiver would not exempt any sixth through eighth grade students enrolled in advanced courses from federal assessment requirements.  It would, however, align the assessment requirements with students’ instruction, where possible.  The proposed amendment would also require high school students who complete state testing requirements prior to grade 9 to take either the ACT or the SAT once to fulfill federal testing requirements. A copy of the waiver request is available on the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/about_tea/laws_and_rules/essa/every_student_succeeds_act/.

    All comments on this proposed amendment are accepted via electronic mail addressed to performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov. For additional information, please see the February 20, 2020 To the Administrator Addressed letter.

  • February 21, 2020

    Waiver Request for Accelerated Students

    TEA requested a waiver from select statutes and regulations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, to broaden the advanced mathematics exception to include all middle school students administered end-of-course (EOC) assessments in mathematics, language arts, and science. This waiver requests that all middle school students enrolled in a high school level course be exempt from taking the grade level assessment in addition to the EOC assessment; thereby eliminating the double testing burden for accelerated students. As a reminder, the approval of this waiver would not exempt any sixth through eighth grade students enrolled in advanced courses from federal assessment requirements. However, it would align the assessment requirements with students’ instruction, where possible.  A copy of the waiver request is available on the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/about_tea/laws_and_rules/essa/every_student_succeeds_act/.

    A proposed amendment to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), §101.3011, Implementation and Administration of Academic Content Area Assessment Instruments, will be published in April 2020. The proposed amendment will require, beginning in the 2020–21 school year, all students to be administered appropriate assessments to be used for federal accountability. This requirement includes administering an EOC assessment (not a grade-level assessment) to a middle school student who is completing instruction in the corresponding course. The EOC assessment may be used to fulfill the student’s graduation requirement and will be used for the campus’ and district’s federal accountability calculations. The proposed amendment would also require high school students who complete state testing requirements prior to high school to take once either the ACT or the SAT to fulfill federal testing requirements.  

    Public Comment

    TEA is accepting comments regarding this waiver request via email to performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov. The public comment period begins Friday, February 28, 2020, and ends Monday, March 30, 2020, at 5:00 PM (CT). Note that TEA will not respond to individual comments but will incorporate the comments as it is finalizing the waiver request before submission to the U.S. Department of Education.

  • February 14, 2020

    Rescore Requests

    In order to be considered for 2020 accountability calculations, all STAAR rescore requests must be made on or before June 19, 2020. A rescore deadline for TELPAS requests will also be established this spring and will be shared. The outcomes of these requests will be included in the final CAF and used to calculate preliminary ratings. Rescore requests submitted after the deadlines will not be considered during the appeals process.

    Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) Registration

    The 2020 AEA campus registration process for the state academic accountability system opens March 30 and closes April 10, 2020. Campuses rated by 2019 AEA provisions are re-registered automatically in 2020, provided that the campus continues to meet enrollment and at-risk criteria as determined by TSDS PEIMS October snapshot data. New this year, campuses that were not registered in 2019 but meet eligibility in 2020 will be automatically registered for AEA by the agency. Districts may choose to remove a campus from evaluation under AEA procedures by submitting an AEA rescission form through the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application. Additional instructions for the rescission request will be provided before the AEA window opens.

    Pairing

    All campuses serving prekindergarten (PK) through grade 12 must receive an accountability rating. Campuses that do not serve any grade level for which STAAR assessments are administered are paired with another campus in the same district for accountability purposes. A campus may pair with its district and be evaluated on the district’s results.

    Charter school campuses and AECs registered for evaluation by AEA provisions are not paired with another campus. Likewise, traditional campuses may not be paired with AECs. Districts may use the prior-year pairing relationship or select a new relationship. If a district does not indicate a pairing preference, pairing decisions will be made by TEA. The pairing registration window in TEAL Accountability will be April 27 through May 8, 2020.

  • February 7, 2020

    After providing an opportunity for public comment, the agency submitted an Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan amendment to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) on January 31, 2020. The following sections summarize the amendment as submitted to the USDE:

    Graduation Rate

    Currently, Texas evaluates the four-year graduation rate under ESSA for high schools, K–12s, and districts and requires student groups that are at or above 90 percent to exceed that rate by at least a tenth of a percent in the following year(s). In order to recognize the challenges faced by alternative education campuses and the potential negative implications for campuses and districts with small numbers, TEA is proposing to update the methodology for the graduation rate indicator to evaluate campuses against the four-year long-term target, the interim target, and against expected growth toward the long-term target. The evaluation of the six-year rate as step four was removed in response to preliminary discussions with the USDE, which indicated that the inclusion of the six-year graduation rate would be unfavorable for approval.

    Federal School Improvement Identification

    In order to allow additional time for campuses to capture graduates, rather than using a four- year federal graduation rate to identify any Title I or non-Title I campus that does not attain at least a 67 percent graduation rate, TEA is proposing the use of the six-year federal graduation rate to identify these campuses for comprehensive support and improvement.

     Additionally, to align with the intent of ESSA, TEA is proposing the escalation of Title I additional targeted support campuses to comprehensive support and improvement after three consecutive years, rather than escalating Title I targeted support and improvement campuses. In response to public comments, the amendment includes a delay in implementation—an additional targeted support identification in 2020, 2021, and 2022 for a Title I campus would result in comprehensive support and improvement implementation in the 2022–2023 school year.

    Eighth Grade Math Exception

    Language was updated in this section to clarify that Texas requires students who take the Algebra I end-of-course assessment in middle school to take the SAT or ACT at least once in grades 9–12. The results of these assessments will be included in the accountability performance and participation calculations beginning in August 2021.

    To learn more about the amendment visit the agency’s ESSA webpage.

  • February 3, 2020

    College, Career, or Military Readiness (CCMR) Outcomes Bonus

    The Performance Reporting Division has received numerous inquiries regarding CCMR Outcomes Bonus funds provided by the 86th Texas Legislature. The current amounts displayed in the Summary of Finance are based on estimated percentages of 2017 CCMR graduates provided by the commissioner.

    As explained in the August 9, 2019 video presentation, the agency will establish annual graduate thresholds and determine 2018 graduate bonuses once data is received from the Department of Defense and the National Student Clearinghouse later this spring. Performance Reporting anticipates sharing the 2018 graduate CCMR Outcomes Bonus student listings through the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application in late spring. School Finance will update the 2019–20 funding estimates in September 2020 based on the updated counts.

    Additionally, the agency anticipates releasing 2019 graduate CCMR Outcomes Bonus student listings in June 2020, which will be used to generate 2020–21 funding amounts.

    To learn more about the CCMR Outcomes Bonus, please visit the following site.  If you have questions regarding funding, please contact School Finance at (512) 463-8994.

    Federal Report Cards

    The U.S. Department of Education requires each state to prepare, and disseminate widely to the public, an annual report card for all public school districts, campuses, and the state. The Federal Report Cards webpage allows users to generate the report. Every district that receives Title I, Part A funding is responsible for disseminating the report cards to the general public via widely available public means.

    For more information about the Federal Report Card and districts' responsibilities related to it, please visit the Title I, Part A webpage.

  • January 24, 2020

    The 2019 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) advanced data downloads are now available. This download option provides additional indicators that are available in the HTML version of the TAPR as well as numerators and denominators.

  • January 17, 2020

    The Texas School Accountability Dashboard required by Texas Education Code §39.309 has been updated with accountability results and demographics from the 2018–19 school year. The dashboard allows users to easily compare districts or schools by providing clear and concise accountability information and demographics for schools, districts, and the state as a whole.

    Proposed Amendment to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan

    TEA will submit an amendment to adjust the Closing the Gaps domain graduation rate methodology used in the academic accountability system, as well as the methodology used to identify schools for support and improvement.

    All comments on this proposed amendment are due by Saturday, January 18, 2020, by electronic mail addressed to performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov. For additional information, please see the December 19, 2019 To the Administrator Addressed letter.

  • January 10, 2020

    The 2018–19 School Report Cards (SRC) are now available on the Texas Education Agency’s website at http://tea.texas.gov/perfreport/src/index.html. The purpose of the SRC is to inform parents and guardians about a campus’ individual characteristics and academic performance.

    Distribution to Campuses. TEA has notified each principal that the SRC for his or her campus is available. It is, however, the district’s responsibility to provide the SRC to each campus for distribution to parents and guardians.

    Distribution to Parents. Each campus must send a copy of the SRC to the parent or guardian of each of its students within six weeks of its release. Due to the timing of the release, districts have the flexibility to start the six weeks clock after the holiday break. The campus may provide the SRC in the same way that it sends other official communications to parents and guardians, such as including the SRC in a weekly folder sent home with each student, mailing it to the student's residence, providing it at a parent-teacher conference, or enclosing it with the student’s report card. Districts may distribute the SRC electronically if they can ensure that parents and guardians are notified that the SRC is available and that they are able to access it. A campus or district must provide a printed copy (in color or black and white) to anyone who cannot access the electronic version.

    Proposed Amendment to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan

    TEA will submit an amendment to adjust the Closing the Gaps domain graduation rate methodology used in the academic accountability system, as well as the methodology used to identify schools for support and improvement.

    For additional information, please see the December 19, 2019 To the Administrator Addressed letter.

    TSDS PEIMS Fall Resubmission

    January 16, 2020, is the resubmission due date for local education agencies (LEAs) to make corrections to data submitted for the PEIMS Fall Submission (Submission 1). LEAs are not required to send a resubmission of PEIMS data. The period between the first submission (December 5, 2019) and the resubmission deadline is an extension provided to all LEAs to review their original submission for any errors and make corrections.

    If an LEA does not submit corrections during the resubmission window, or if the data is not free of fatal errors, TEA will use the PEIMS data sent for the first submission. Immediately following the closure of a collection, the data is loaded to TEA databases and made available to agency staff for state and federal accountability and reporting.

    As the resubmission deadline approaches, it is a good time for districts to review local data submission procedures to confirm clean and accurate data were submitted during the fall collection. Accurate and timely data are the cornerstone of a fair and reliable accountability system. As such, Performance Reporting staff has made targeted efforts to stress the importance of quality TSDS PEIMS data submissions. TSDS PEIMS data is used throughout the A–F accountability system and in reports produced by Performance Reporting.

  • December 13, 2019

    Texas Academic Performance Reports

    Yesterday the PDF version of the 2018–19 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) was released. As mentioned in previous weekly bulletins, the TAPR has two forms: an online data system and a scaled back PDF version. The PDF version of the TAPR includes only major data points and is designed to allow districts to fulfill their public notification requirements. Please note, the 90-day public dissemination period will begin the day districts return from winter break.

    The accompanying TAPR Glossary and TAPR Guidelines are also available. The TAPR Glossary contains definitions and methodologies for all items found in the TAPR. The TAPR Guidelines are intended to help districts fulfill their legal responsibilities regarding the TAPR and annual report of their educational performance.

    A comprehensive listing of items within the TAPR system (HTML) and on the PDF TAPR is available at the following link. The TAPR PDF is also available in the TEA Login (TEAL) accountability application. The advanced data downloads, which include numerators, denominators, and rates, will be available on the public TAPR site in January.

  • December 6, 2019

    Texas Academic Performance Reports

    The comprehensive online TAPR system has been updated with 2018–19 data. A multitude of 2018–19 data is available via the TAPR system, including Performance, Participation, Attendance and Graduation, Postsecondary Readiness, Profile, and Kindergarten Readiness. A comprehensive listing of items within each tab in the TAPR system is available at the following link.

    As mentioned in previous weekly bulletins, the TAPR has two forms: an online data system and a scaled back PDF version. The PDF version of the TAPR includes only major data points and is designed to allow districts to fulfill their public notification requirements. The TAPR PDF will be available in the TEA Login (TEAL) accountability application and on the TEA public website next week, along with TAPR data downloads and a comprehensive glossary. The advanced data downloads, which include numerators, denominators, and rates, will be available on the public TAPR site in January.

    A–F Development

    Each year, TEA convenes two advisory groups to develop key provisions of the state academic accountability system and provide recommendations to the commissioner of education. These advisory groups consist of educators, school board members, business and community representatives, professional organization representatives, and legislative representatives from across the state. The commissioner will consider their proposals and all stakeholder feedback when making final decisions in spring 2020. You can follow the development of the 2020 accountability system at the following link.

  • November 22, 2019

    As a reminder, beginning with the December 2019 STAAR EOC administrations, substitute assessments will no longer be included in accountability calculations. During the upcoming year, the agency will amend Texas Administrative Code (TAC), as appropriate, and remove references to the inclusion of substitute assessments in accountability during the adoption of the 2020 Accountability Manual. Substitute assessments may continue to be used to meet individual student graduation requirements, as adopted under 19 TAC §101.4002.

    For additional information please see the June 20, 2019 To The Administrator Addressed or contact Performance Reporting at performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

  • November 15, 2019

    The confidential (unmasked) preliminary longitudinal cohort reports for districts have been updated to reflect 2018–19 data.  They are now available through the Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL) Accountability application under the RES tab.  Per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), these reports are confidential and are intended for district use only. 

    The agency builds the high school longitudinal rates used for accountability, monitoring, and reporting purposes from student-level cohort groups based on a student's first-time ninth grade year. The preliminary cohort lists are being provided for information and planning purposes only. Districts are advised to use the lists to help them determine in what year a student is expected to graduate for district planning, agency reporting, and accountability purposes. The preliminary cohort lists provide cohort membership information and selected demographic information only. Final student statuses are not provided.

    If you have questions about your preliminary longitudinal cohort lists, please call the Division of Research and Analysis at (512) 475-3523 or email research@tea.texas.gov.

    2020 A–F Estimator

    This week the agency released the 2020 A–F Estimator, which is available in TEAL Accountability and on the 2020 Accountability Development Materials website. The A–F Estimator provides school districts and open-enrollment charter schools with a way to calculate and estimate their 2020 performance in each domain as well as their overall score. The tool prepopulates domain and component values with 2019 results. District and charter school users can enter 2020 component values to estimate the corresponding 2020 domain and overall results. The accuracy and validity of the estimation is based solely on the data inputted by the district or charter school.

    Domain and overall rating estimations in the tool are based on the 2019 accountability system methodology and are intended as a planning resource for districts. The tool does not include alternative education accountability (AEA) bonus points, Local Accountability, or updates based on the development of the 2020 accountability system, which will be finalized this spring. An additional selection was added to see results for a new campus for which no data was available for 2019.

  • November 1, 2019

    For 2020 accountability ratings, Career and Technical Education (CTE) coherent sequence graduates who meet no other College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) criteria and complete and receive credit for at least one CTE course aligned with an industry-based certification receive one-half point for CCMR. The following chart details the transition from CTE coherent sequence coursework to industry-based certification.

    cte

    Graduates from the Class of 2019 will be the final class to be awarded one-half point credit for completing and receiving credit for at least one CTE course aligned with an industry-based certification.

    Reporting of Industry-Based Certifications

    December 5, 2019 is the first submission due date for the Texas Student Data System (TSDS) PEIMS Fall 2019–20 collection. As a reminder, the 2019–20 Fall Submission is an opportunity to “catch up” on reporting IBCs earned by students in prior school years that have not yet been reported to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). In previous years, the TSDS PEIMS collection of IBCs was limited to graduates. For the 2019–20 Fall Submission, in addition to collecting IBCs for 2019 graduates, IBC reporting will include:

    • IBCs earned by 2019 graduates using the 2019–20 IBC list for public school accountability (list of 244)
    • IBCs earned prior to the 2019–20 academic year for currently enrolled students while in grades 9–12 using the 2019–20 IBC list for public school accountability (list of 244)
    • More than three IBCs may be reported for each graduate or student.

    This reporting provides additional information to Performance Reporting for use in the College, Career, and Military Readiness components of the academic accountability system. 2019 graduates reported as having earned an IBC from the expanded list of 244 will receive credit in 2020 CCMR calculations. For additional information, please see the October 17, 2019 To the Administrator Addressed.

  • October 25, 2019

    Today, October 25th, is the last Friday of October, which is known as the TSDS PEIMS October snapshot date. The data reported for the October snapshot is used in accountability in two ways. The first relates to our most frequently asked question, which is whether a student will be included in accountability calculations for a district or campus. Each student who tests or retests during the 2020 accountability cycle (summer 2019, fall 2019, or spring 2020) contributes one assessment result per subject tested if they meet the accountability subset. To meet the subset, a student must be reported as enrolled in the same district/campus on the TSDS PEIMS October snapshot as the district/campus where they tested.

                   snapshot 2020

    The second use relates to the economically disadvantaged percentage used in the School Progress, Part B: Relative Performance domain. The economically disadvantaged percentage for each district and campus is calculated based on the TSDS PEIMS October snapshot data. The total number of students in membership who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch or other public assistance is divided by the total number of students in membership.

    Whether a student is considered economically disadvantaged is also reported on STAAR answer documents. This information, however, is not used to calculate the economically disadvantaged percentage for a district or campus. It is used only to identify which students are included in the economically disadvantaged student group in the Closing the Gaps domain.

    As a reminder, accurate and timely data are the cornerstone of a fair and reliable accountability system. As such, Performance Reporting staff has made targeted efforts throughout the year to stress the importance of quality TSDS PEIMS data submissions by districts. TSDS PEIMS data is used throughout the A–F accountability system and in all the reports produced by Performance Reporting. Additional information is available in our FAQs.

  • October 18, 2019

    One of the few updates that will be made to the 2020 accountability rating system methodology is the English Language Proficiency (ELP) component evaluated in the Closing the Gaps domain.

    2020 TELPAS results will be compared to 2019 TELPAS results. A student will be credited for progress if the student advances by at least one level on the composite rating from the prior year to the current year or if the student’s 2020 composite rating is Advanced High. If a 2019 composite rating is not available, the composite rating from 2018 will be compared to the 2020 composite rating.

    A subset rule will continue to be applied to the ELP component; if the student was enrolled in the same campus or district on the October 2019 TSDS PEIMS snapshot as the campus or district that they were administered the TELPAS in spring 2020, the result will be included in calculations.

    Reporting of Industry-Based Certifications

    The Texas Student Data System (TSDS) PEIMS Fall 2019–20 collection is an opportunity to “catch up” on reporting IBCs earned by students in prior school years that have not yet been reported to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). In previous years, the TSDS PEIMS collection of IBCs was limited to graduates. For the 2019–20 Fall Submission, in addition to collecting IBCs for 2019 graduates, IBC reporting will include:

    • IBCs earned by 2019 graduates using the 2019–20 IBC list for public school accountability (list of 244)
    • IBCs earned prior to the 2019–20 academic year for currently enrolled students while in grades 9–12 using the 2019–20 IBC list for public school accountability (list of 244)
    • More than three IBCs may be reported for each graduate or student.

    This reporting provides additional information to Performance Reporting for use in the College, Career, and Military Readiness components of the academic accountability system. 2019 graduates reported as having earned an IBC from the expanded list of 244 will receive credit in 2020 CCMR calculations. For additional information, please see the October 17, 2019 To the Administrator Addressed.

  • October 11, 2019

    The four campus type categories used for accountability—elementary school, middle school, elementary/secondary, or high school—are determined by the grades with students reported in membership for the October Texas School Data System/Public Education Information Management System (TSDS PEIMS) enrollment snapshot date (October 25, 2019).

    As October Snapshot and the TSDS PEIMS fall data submission deadline (December 5, 2019) approaches, districts should carefully review this information to ensure accurate campus types are reported. Campus type determines component weighting, domain cut points, as well as the campus comparison groups used for distinction designations.

  • October 4, 2019

    As October Snapshot (October 25, 2019) and the Texas School Data System/Public Education Information Management System (TSDS PEIMS) fall data submission deadline (December 5, 2019) approaches, it is a good time for districts to review local data submission procedures to confirm clean and accurate data submissions as well as to ensure that all resubmission timelines are followed. Accurate and timely data are the cornerstone of a fair and reliable accountability system. As such, Performance Reporting staff has made targeted efforts throughout the year to stress the importance of quality TSDS PEIMS data submissions by districts. TSDS PEIMS data is used throughout the A–F accountability system and in all the reports produced by Performance Reporting.

  • September 27, 2019

    Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)

    The PDF version of the TAPR will be released in the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application and on the TEA public website shortly after final ratings are released in December. The PDF version of the TAPR will only include major, statutorily-required data points.

    Now in its second year, the comprehensive online TAPR System (HTML version), which includes additional indicators not published in the PDF TAPR, will be updated on a rolling basis as data becomes available. A green highlight for each tab within the TAPR system will be displayed when it has been updated with 2018–19 TAPR data, as shown below.

    tapr

    The majority of data will be processed and released by the end of October in the HTML system with additional updates throughout the winter. This weekly bulletin will provide a release timeline for each tab within the TAPR System.

  • September 20, 2019

    Snapshot 2018: School District Profiles is now available on the TEA website.

     Snapshot 2018 profiles public education in Texas, at both the state and district levels, for the 2017–18 school year and includes almost 100 separate data elements to either browse or download. Snapshot also combines the data into summary tables based on specific characteristics, and its peer-search function allows a user to group districts according to shared characteristics.

  • September 6, 2019

    Targeted Support and Improvement Identification

    New this year, TEA used the Closing the Gaps domain to identify campuses that had consistently underperforming student groups. A student group that missed the targets in at least the same three indicators, for three consecutive years, were considered “consistently underperforming.” An example is shown below.

     2019 ID of SI

    As a reminder, the identification of campuses for comprehensive, targeted, or additional targeted support is a federal requirement under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Campuses that are excluded from state accountability requirements (such as residential facilities) cannot be excluded from federal identifications. 

    The lists of campuses identified for support under ESSA are available at https://tea.texas.gov/2019Accountability.aspx. If you have questions about interventions associated with support and improvement campuses, please contact the School Improvement Division at (512) 463-5226 or SIDivision@tea.texas.gov.

  • August 30, 2019

    Appeals

    Districts and charter schools may appeal any overall or domain rating and any campus overall or domain rating of B–F for any reason. Only appeals that would result in a changed rating are considered. For its appeal to be considered, a district, charter school, or campus must explain how the proposed change will affect the district, charter school, or campus rating. 

    A successful accountability appeal is typically limited to such rare cases as a data or calculation error attributable to the testing contractor(s), a regional education service center (ESC), or the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The appeals process is not an appropriate method to correct data that were inaccurately reported by the district. Online applications provided by TEA and the testing contractors ensure that districts and charter schools are aware of data correction opportunities, particularly through TSDS PEIMS data submissions and the Texas Assessment Management System (TAMS). District and charter school responsibility for data quality is the cornerstone of a fair and uniform rating determination.

    Decisions regarding distinction designations cannot be appealed. Indicators for distinctions are reported for most districts, charter schools, and campuses regardless of eligibility for a designation. Districts, charter schools, and campuses receiving an F rating are not eligible for a distinction. However, districts, charter schools, and campuses that appeal an unfavorable rating will automatically receive any distinction designation earned if their appeal is granted and the district, charter school, or campus rating is revised to A–D.

    Finally, campuses identified for comprehensive, targeted, or additional targeted support may not appeal the identification, as it is based on August 2019 accountability data. Additional information about the appeals process is available in Chapter 8 of the 2019 Accountability Manual.

  • August 23, 2019

    Data Downloads Now Available

    The full 2019 accountability data downloads are now available in the Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL) Accountability application and on the 2019 Accountability Rating System website. In addition to the accountability summary data, this data download provides all data included in the 2019 accountability data tables in an Excel, comma-delimited, or tab-delimited format.

    Links to district and campus data tables are also available on the 2019 Accountability Rating System site, as well as data tables for each ESC region and for the state as a whole.

    Accelerated Testers Guidance

    As was shared in the August 22 Enhancements and Updates to the Texas Assessment Program for 2019‒20 TAA, there will be no policy changes to the testing requirements for accelerated students for the 2019–20 school year, as the agency works to implement new funding established under House Bill (HB) 3. Districts should continue to follow existing policies and guidance concerning testing of accelerated students for the 2019–20 school year. HB 3 will provide funding for districts to administer the SAT or ACT; this funding will facilitate the implementation of federal testing requirements for accelerated students who have taken the STAAR Algebra I end-of-course (EOC) prior to high school. During the upcoming school year, the agency will complete the required process to include these outcomes in August 2021 accountability.

    Reminder on Substitute Assessments in Accountability

    As a reminder, beginning with the December 2019 and spring 2020 STAAR EOC administrations, substitute assessments will no longer be included in accountability calculations. During the upcoming year, the agency will amend Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 19, §101.4002, as appropriate, and remove references to the inclusion of substitute assessments in accountability during the adoption of the 2020 Accountability Manual. Substitute assessments may continue to be used to meet individual student graduation requirements, as adopted under 19 TAC §101.4002. 

    For questions about the accountability system, please contact Performance Reporting at performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

  • August 16, 2019

    The 2019 academic accountability ratings were released to districts in the Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL) on Wednesday, August 14 and to the public on Thursday, August 15. To explore ratings throughout the state and dig into the data used to calculate ratings, please visit TXschools.gov. Links to district and campus data tables are also available on the 2019 Accountability Rating System site.

    Districts and charters who wish to appeal a district or campus rating should file their intent to appeal using the TEAL Accountability application. TEAL Accountability provides a mechanism for tracking all accountability rating appeals and allows districts and charter schools to monitor the status of their appeal(s).

    After filing an intent to appeal, districts and charter schools must mail an appeal packet including all supporting documentation necessary for TEA to process the appeal. Filing an intent to appeal does not constitute an appeal. Please refer to Chapter 8 of the 2019 Accountability Manual for additional details about appeals.

    • August 9, 2019

      Confidential Accountability Data Tables and Student Listings

      The 2019 accountability data tables and student listings, which provide the unmasked data used to determine a campus or district’s accountability rating, are now available for districts in the Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL) Accountability application. Please note that the data in these reports are confidential.

      Accountability data tables and student listings are available for all campuses and districts that will receive an accountability rating in 2019, including registered alternative education campuses and charter schools that are evaluated under alternative education accountability provisions. The data tables and student listings contain the data used to calculate each of the three domain scores.

      The data tables are currently only available in HTML. Performance Reporting is in the process of creating batch PDFs for release in TEAL by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 9. A follow up notification will be distributed when PDFs are available for download. 

      What’s Next

      On August 14, the 2019 accountability ratings will be available to districts through the TEAL Accountability application. District and campus accountability and distinction designation reports will also be available through TEAL at this time. The following day, Thursday, August 15, all 2019 accountability reports will be released on the agency’s public website. The public accountability reports and data tables will be masked to protect student confidentiality.

      Date

      Activity

      August 14

      District and campus accountability summary (with 2019 ratings) released to districts (TEAL)

      Distinction designation reports released to districts (TEAL)

      2019 appeals application available to districts (TEAL)

      August 15

      All reports listed above (masked to protect student confidentiality) released to the public (TEA public website)

      August 30

      Accountability data downloads released to districts (TEAL) and to the public (TEA public website)

      September 13

      2019 appeals deadline

       

      TEAL Accountability Application Reminder

      Performance Reporting will continue to release confidential data tables and reports related to 2019 accountability ratings in the TEAL Accountabilityapplication. In order to access the Accountability application, all users must create a TEAL account. You can request access at https://tealprod.tea.state.tx.us/.  If you have any issues creating a TEAL account, please submit a request for assistance at https://txeduagency.zendesk.com.

      For an overview of TEAL, please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/webappaccess/overview.htm

       

    • August 2, 2019

      On August 7, the 2019 accountability domain tables without rating labels will be available to districts through the TEAL Accountability application. A week later, Wednesday, August 14, district accountability summary tables with 2019 rating labels and distinction designation reports will also be available through TEAL. When this occurs, the 2018 accountability reports and student listings for all campuses and districts will be replaced with links to 2019 accountability reports. Once removed, the data contained in each 2018 report and student listing will be unavailable. Please ensure that your district downloads and maintains a copy of the 2018 reports for your records.

      These accountability reports consist of accountability summaries, data tables for each domain, and distinction designation reports for 2018 accountability. Accountability student listings include data that was used to calculate the STAAR performance; College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR); Academic Growth; and English Language Proficiency components for 2018 accountability.

      TEAL Accountability Application Reminder

      This summer, Performance Reporting will release confidential data tables and reports related to 2019 accountability ratings in the TEAL Accountabilityapplication. In order to access the Accountability application, all users must create a TEAL account. You can request access at https://tealprod.tea.state.tx.us/.  If you have any issues creating a TEAL account, please submit a request for assistance at https://txeduagency.zendesk.com.

      For an overview of TEAL, please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/webappaccess/overview.htm.

       

    • July 26, 2019

      TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability Application Settings

      Performance Reporting has received multiple reports of users who are unable to view or download data tables and student listings through the TEAL Accountability application. As a reminder, the Accountability application is not fully compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer.  To access the TEAL Accountability application, users should use a compatible web browser that supports current web standards and receives regular security updates. Examples of compatible web browsers that are free to download include Google ChromeMozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari.

      TEAL Accountability Application Reminder

      This summer, Performance Reporting will release confidential data tables and reports related to 2019 accountability ratings in the TEAL Accountabilityapplication. In order to access the Accountability application, all users must create a TEAL account. You can request access at https://tealprod.tea.state.tx.us/.  If you have any issues creating a TEAL account, please submit a request for assistance at https://txeduagency.zendesk.com.

      For an overview of TEAL, please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/webappaccess/overview.htm.

       

       
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      July 19, 2019

      2019 Accountability Manual

      The administrative rule adoption process for Chapters 1–11 of the 2019 Accountability Manual is complete; the final versions are available at https://tea.texas.gov/2019accountabilitymanual.aspx. Once all 2019 appendices are finalized, a comprehensive PDF including all chapters and appendices will be made available.

      The 2019 Accountability Manual describes the 2019 accountability system and explains how information from various sources is used to measure district and campus performance, assign accountability ratings, and award distinction designations. Below is a summary of the changes that were made the adopted version of Chapters 1–11.

      At adoption, page numbers throughout Chapters 1–11 of the 2019 Accountability Manual were updated. The adopted text also includes the following changes either to provide clarification to readers or in response to public comment.

      Chapter 1 was not changed.

      Chapter 2 was revised to clarify that English learners (ELs) who are in their second year in U.S. schools who have a parental denial for EL services do not receive an EL performance measure and are included in the same manner as non-ELs.  Language was revised to clarify that in order to receive credit in the CCMR component for OnRamps, a graduate must qualify for university or college credit. A conflicting sentence about the use of small numbers analysis in the dropout rate methodology was removed.

      Chapter 3 was updated to remove a sentence that explained the methodology shown in the chart for Academic Growth points. A statement was added to the Relative Performance section clarifying the economically disadvantaged percentage is rounded to one decimal place.

      Chapter 4 was updated to reflect multiple changes. The language was added to clarify that the continuously enrolled, non-continuously enrolled, and former special education student groups are not evaluated for the 4-year federal graduation rate component. The word “rate” was removed from the Inclusions to the Four-Year Federal Dropout Definition heading for clarity. A formula was added to the English Language Proficiency (ELP) section for clarity. The language was revised to clarify that in order to receive credit in the CCMR component for OnRamps, a graduate or non-graduating 12th grader must qualify for university or college credit. The 2019 ELP target was updated to 36 percent.

      Chapter 5 was updated to finalize chart to page number references throughout.

      Chapter 6 was not changed.

      Chapter 7 was not changed.

      Chapter 8 was not changed.

      Chapter 9 was not changed.

      Chapter 10 was updated to change an “and” to an “or” in the additional targeted support example for clarity.

      Chapter 11 was not changed.

      TEAL Accountability Application Reminder

      This summer, Performance Reporting will release confidential data tables and reports related to the 2019 accountability ratings in the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application. In order to access the Accountability application, all users must create a TEAL account. You can request access at https://tealprod.tea.state.tx.us/.  If you have any issues creating a TEAL account, please submit a request for assistance at https://txeduagency.zendesk.com.

      For an overview of TEAL, please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/webappaccess/overview.htm.

       

    • July 12, 2019

      This week the agency posted the final 2019 Accountability Administrator’s Guide. This guide is intended to provide relevant information about this year’s accountability system to school district and open-enrollment charter school administrators.  It is now available at https://tea.texas.gov/2019Accountability.aspx.

      TEAL Accountability Application Reminder

      This summer, Performance Reporting will release confidential data tables and reports related to 2019 accountability ratings in the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application. In order to access the Accountability application, all users must create a TEAL account. You can request access at https://tealprod.tea.state.tx.us/.  If you have any issues creating a TEAL account, please submit a request for assistance at https://txeduagency.zendesk.com.

      For an overview of TEAL, please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/webappaccess/overview.htm.


       

       
    • The 2019 A–F Estimator is now available at https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/account/2019/estimator/search.html. The A–F Estimator provides users with a way to calculate and estimate 2019 performance in each domain and overall. The tool prepopulates domain and component values with 2018 results. Users can enter predicted 2019 component values to estimate the corresponding 2019 domain and overall results. The accuracy and validity of the estimation are based solely on the data input by the user.

       

       
      Performance Reporting Resources

      This page contains links to frequently asked questions, presentations, and other materials developed by Performance Reporting to help school administrators, teachers, parents, and the public understand and benefit from the state’s accountability information.

      https://tea.texas.gov/perfreport/resources/index.html